UEFA admits the Champions League and the Europa League cancellation06 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
UEFA admits to cancel both tournaments if it is not possible to finish until August 3.
Bayern Munich is going through one of the most complicated moments of recent years, and this is evidenced by the fact that the one who until now was his coach, Niko Kovac, was dismissed this weekend after the German champion was thrashed 5- 1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.
FC Bayern parts ways with Niko Kovac. pic.twitter.com/xl0sjaZAqC— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 3, 2019
The decision to part ways with Kovac was taken by the club's top sports officials, Uli Hoeness, president, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO, and Hasan Salihamidzic, sports director, all of them Bayern legends who were not able to see a reliable team at any moment in this beginning of the season.
And that goes beyond the results, which have Bayern in the fourth position of the Bundesliga but only three points away from the top, while in the Champions League the Teutons are undisputed leaders with three victories in three games. But it is the level of play and the irregularity of Bayern that does not convince, since Kovac team could offer memorable nights like the one of the 2-7 against Tottenham in London or fall with forcefulness as they did this Saturday against Eintracht.
The campaign was from the beginning a challenge for Bayern, as the club faced a reconstruction that included the departure of vital men in recent years such as Frank Ribery, Matts Hummels or Arjen Robben, and opted for young signings but with experience in defense like Benjamin Pavard or Lucas Hernández and for loans that arrived late in attack like Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho. Robert Lewandowski himself demanded a greater investment during the summer seeing what could happen, and the Polish was not wrong.
"The trajectory of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that it was necessary to act and after a conversation between all of us it has been agreed that Niko ceases to be our coach. We all regret this outcome. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double last season," were the words chosen by Rummenigge to explain this outcome.
"On behalf of FC Bayern, I'd like to thank Niko Kova? for his work, in particular last season's Double."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 3, 2019
????? Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pic.twitter.com/nxouVsTKaw
For the moment it will be Hans Flick, so far part of the coaching staff, who will take over the team on an interim basis, although it is expected that the new coach will be announced quickly to try to redirect the situation as soon as possible. Big names like José Mourinho, Arsene Wegner or Massimiliano Allegri were the first to appear in all the rumors, what has generated a great impact around the decision of the directive.
Bayern will face an important duel against Olympiakos on Wednesday to seal their classification to the next round of the Champions League, while ‘Der Klassiker’ against Borussia Dortmund next Saturday will be decisive for their aspirations in the Bundesliga and to put their feet down and track a season in which everything is still possible for the German champion.
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